Ben Simmons is still with the Philadelphia 76ers although the Minnesota Timberwolves are not yet giving up. But the problem here is that the T-Wolves may not have the assets to pull off a direct trade.

Hence, a potential scenario would be to have a third team enter the fray. Right now, there is no telling which team would be participating as a conduit team that would aid a Ben Simmons move to Minnesota.

Philly is looking for reliable assets, a reason why Simmons technically remains with the Sixers. Given their performance last season, the goal is to make it back to the playoffs and hopefully win an NBA title.

Hence, head coach Doc Rivers will not settle for a player or multiple players that cannot align with that drive. It appears to be complicated but it is obvious that the 76ers are not budging from their stance and give Simmons away for nothing credible in return.

From there, it could be an awkward situation for Simmons and the Sixers heading into training camp. With no deal happening, the former top pick may need to return to his current team as NBA clubs start preparations for next season.

Of course, there is also the possibility that Simmons may sit out and wait for Philly to find a trade partner. It is a practice that other players did even if it means losing big money.

Simmons is just in the second year of his five-year $177 million contracts with the 76ers. He is owed roughly $147 million in the next four seasons.

That huge contract is another problem as to why most teams are not too bent on acquiring the Australian cager. The fact that he passes up big plays and wilts under pressure has hurt his market value.

All that is except for the Minnesota Timberwolves who appear determined to land the 25-year-old cager.

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers
Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers Getty Images | Kevin C. Cox

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